COIN OF SOUTH VIETNAM
This 1974 10 Dong coin was the last
circulating coin issued by South Vietnam before it fell on April 30,
1975. The 24mm brass-plated steel coin was issued as part of
the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization's (F.A.O.) Coin
program. The program created awareness of the F.A.O.,
encouraged people to work towards eliminating food insecurity and raise
funds for F.A.O. and related programs. The reverse of the
coin features two farmers in a rice paddy with an inscription which
translates "Increase in food production of agricultural
products". The obverse features the denomination.
SVN-10D SOUTH VIETNAM 10 DONG FAO 1974 UNC. $4.00
COIN OF SOCIALIST VIETNAM
and South Vietnam were
formally unified on July 2, 1976 to form the Socialist Republic of
Vietnam. This aluminum 1976 1 Hao coin was one of the first
coins issued by the unified government. One side features the emblem of
Socialist Vietnam, the other has the denomination and date.
The coin was struck only a single year.
VN-1H SOCIALIST VIETNAM 1 HAO 1976 KM11
SCARCE VIETNAM COIN
2003 Vietnam released their first coins in over a quarter of a
century. An entire generation grew had grown up without ever
The government finally bowed to the requests of merchants and citizens
who wanted the convenience of coins for use in vending machines. There
were reports that many children who had never seen a coin before, tried
to eat them thinking they were candy. Vietnam has not issued any coins
for circulation since then. The brass 5000 Dong coin pictures
the Chua Mot Cot temple in Hanoi. The brass 2000 Dong shows a
traditional high-roofed house. The brass 1000 Dong shows a
the ancient capital of Hue. The copper-nickel 500 and 200 Dong coins
portray the denomination in large numerals. All five coins
2003 and show the arms Vietnam on the obverse. The coins were
single year and circulated only briefly. The
government recalled them for melting, making them difficult to
obtain. Since then Vietnam has not issued any coins for circulation.
S-VN-SET5 VIETNAM 5 COIN SET 200 - 5000 DONG,
2003 KM71-75, UNC.
Ho Chi Minh is featured on the front of these five banknotes of the
Socialist Republic of Vietnam. The back features various
Vietnamese enterprises. The 1987 200 Dong depicts a tractor and farmers
in a field. The 1988 500 Dong features ships in Hai Phong
Port. An elephant dragging logs is on the back of the 1988 1000
Dong. Textile workers are on the 1988 2000 Dong.
The 1991 5000 Dong features the Tri An Dam hydroelectric
plant. It is an attractive and colorful set. All
five are Uncirculated.
PM-VN-SET5 VIETNAM 5 NOTE SET, 200 - 5000
DONG 1987-1991 UNC.
POLYMER BANKNOTES FROM VIETNAM
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This set of two polymer banknotes from Socialist Republic of
Vietnam includes the 10,000 and 20,000 Dong issued
between 2011 and 2021. The front of the notes
Chi Minh and the arms of Vietnam. The back of the 10,000 Dong
note depicts offshore oil platforms. The back of the of the
20,000 Dong pictures the Japanese Pagoda Bridge in Hoi An.
was an important trading port until the 19th Century. The bridge was
built in the 1600's by Japanese traders who lived on one side of the
bridge, while the Vietnamese lived on the other. It is the
only known covered bridge with a Buddhist Pagoda attached to
it. The notes contain numerous anti-counterfeiting
devices, including a "watermark", front/back registration marks, and a
clear window that shows the denomination.
PM-VN-SET2 VIETNAM POLYMER 10,000 DONG
& 20,000 DONG NOTES P119 & P120 UNC.
Laos is a landlocked nation bordering Vietnam. It rarely
issues coins for circulation. In 1980 Laos
issued its first coins for circulation in 28 years. These
of the 10, 20 and 50 Att, struck in aluminum and issued by the
Lao People's Democratic Republic. The designs of the coins
feature the denomination in large numbers, with a small picture below.
A woman holding grain is on the 10 Att, a farmer plowing is on the 20
Att and a fish is on the 50 Att. The reverse features the
national arms, which include a hammer and sickle.
S-LA-SET80 LAO PEOPLES DEMOCRATIC REP. 1980 3
COIN SET, 10 - 50 ATT KM22-24 UNC.
In April 1968, the communist Pathet Lao forces introduced these notes
in the areas of the Laos that they controlled. Following
their victory in 1975 the notes were used throughout Laos.
This red 10 Kip issued by the Patht Lao depicts nurses with patients
and soldiers planting
bamboo booby-traps. Maybe the nurses are treating the unintended
victems of the booby-traps.
PM-LA-10K PATHET LAO 10 KIP NOTE P20
world did nothing while the Khmer Rouge
government of Cambodia slaughtered over a million of their citizens
between 1975 and 1979 in
an effort to create a communist paradise in Cambodia. It was
paradise only for those in power. Finally
in December 1978 Vietnam invaded Cambodia and soon defeated
the Khmer Rouge. In 1979 a new government with strong ties to Vietnam
was formed and
the country was renamed The People's Republic of
In 1989 the country restored its traditional name of
This aluminum 5 Sen dated 1979 is the only a single coin was
issued for circulation by the People's Republic of Kampuchea.
One side has Kampuchea's coat of arms. The other side has the
denomination and date.
KH-KAMP KAMPUCHEA (CAMBODIA) 5 SEN 1979 KM69
ON CAMBODIAN COINS
In 1994, with the restoration of the Kingdom of Cambodia and the return
of peace after decades of war, Cambodia issued its first coins for
circulation in 15 years. They are also the last coins
has released into circulation. The four coin set consists of
steel 50, 100 and 200 Riels coins and the bi-metallic 500 Riels. The
designs were largely taken from previous coin issues and feature
traditional Cambodian themes. The 500 Riels features the Royal
coat-of-arms that was used on the 50
Sen of 1959. The 200 Riels has the Consititution
and urn design that was used on the 1959
20 Sen coin. The 100 Riels depicts a temple at
Angkor Wat that was used on the unreleased 1970
1 Riel coin.
The 50 Riels pictures Independence Monument in Phnom Penh. It
was built in 1958 to celebrate Cambodia's independence from France.
Cambodian legends are on the reverse of each coin.
S-KH-SET94 CAMBODIA 1994 4 COIN SET, 50 -
500 RIELS KM92-95
Thailand introduced circulating bi-metallic 10 Baht commemorative coins
in 1995. Since then it has issued a wide range of these
popular coins honoring numerous important events,
anniversaries, government agencies and celebrations
of the Royal Family. Though the coins are reasonably priced
and popular with collectors, they can be difficult to obtain.
One of our correspondents has put together a collection of 61 different
of these commemorative coins. This remarkable set includes
nearly all of the 10 Baht coins issued thus far, all in Uncirculated
condition, and at less than $3 per coin. It would be a
difficult set to put together at any price.
TH-SET10B THAILAND SET OF 61 DIFFERENT 10
2018 COINS OF THE NEW KING OF
Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindrade-bayavarangkun, also known as King Rama
X, ascended to the throne of Thailand after the death of this father,
Rama IX, in 2017. He has spent most of his life outside of
Thailand and has a reputation for being a playboy. He has been married
and divorced three times, including a marriage to his first
cousin. Thailand introduced a new set of coins bearing his
portrait on the obverse and his royal monogram on the reverse in
2018. The coins include the 25 and 50 Satang, 1, 2, 5 and
bi-metallic 10 Baht.
TH-SET18 THAILAND 6 COIN SET, 25 SATANG-10
BAHT 2018 UNC. $5.00